Recreational fishing and oyster reef habitat being enhanced in the Cape Fear River

CAROLINA BEACH — Construction began last week on a one-acre artificial reef meant to enhance recreational fishing and create oyster reef habitat in the lower Cape Fear River. The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, with support from Carolina Beach State Park and the North Carolina Coastal Federation, is leading the construction of Artificial Reef…

Stormwater projects in Wrightsville Beach to begin this week

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The North Carolina Coastal Federation is teaming up with the Town of Wrightsville Beach and the Hanover Seaside Club to clean up the swimming and fishing waters around Wrightsville Beach. The phased project, which is funded by a grant to the federation from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, will include stormwater…

Federation receives $1.088 million NOAA grant for oyster restoration

OCEAN — The North Carolina Coastal Federation received $1.088 million in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue its oyster restoration work in Pamlico Sound. Construction on the second phase of the project is slated to begin next January. This is the second year the federation has received funding from NOAA’s Community-based Restoration…

Wilmington artist creates special 35th anniversary print

Wilmington artist David Starbuck of DStarbuck Gallery has teamed up with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to produce “Harkers Island Orientation,” the federation’s special 35th anniversary print. This bright, colorful print depicts a pelican painted over a U.S. Geological Survey map of the Harkers Island are of the North Carolina coast. Prints are available for purchase…

Lake Mattamuskeet public meeting set for Aug. 8

SWAN QUARTER — On Aug. 8, the Hyde County community is invited to attend the first of six public meetings to discuss long-term solutions for Lake Mattamuskeet’s watershed, its declining water quality and changing lake levels. Hyde County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have come together to support…

Construction begins at Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary

CARTERET COUNTY — Crews have started moving about 25,000 tons of limestone marl as construction is underway on the Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary. “After months of planning and preparation by our staff, as well as by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries and other partners, it’s great to see Stevens Towing breaking ground on the…

Wrightsville Beach stormwater runoff projects win regional award from EPA

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The North Carolina Coastal Federation, on behalf of a collaborative team, including the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCNERR), is the recipient of a regional 2017 Rain Catcher Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 for various innovative stormwater runoff infiltration projects in Wrightsville Beach. The federation is accepting the…

Blockade Runner stormwater project now complete

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Construction is now complete on a stormwater retrofit project at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach that is designed to redirect polluted runoff from the nearby recreational waters. The resort partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation on the project as part of implementation of the Bradley and Hewletts Creeks…